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“LAKE-VIEW BATAK-HOUSE” 5 of 5 stars
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Jalan Gerga | Samosir Island, Tuktuk, Indonesia   |  
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Ranked #2 of 7 Tuktuk B&B and Inns
Lohmar, Germany
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“LAKE-VIEW BATAK-HOUSE”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013

Merlyn:
Comfortable restaurant with TV, music, sofa and dining-tables....open and friendly....
....down the steps: beautiful quite garden, in the center a terrace with a sunshade, surrounded by meadow and different plants :)
The owners are very friendly and nice. I enjoyed a delicious breakfast (nice sandwiches) with nice details ( shells on the toothpicks).
I stayed in the traditional Batakhouse with 2 floors and lake view. The bathroom is basic and clean :) hot showers :) wonderful accomodation!
Enjoy your stay!

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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The Hague, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

We stayed here for a couple of nights and we enjoyed it very much!
The rooms are nice, clean, with hot shower, located in a nice garden at the lake.
The owners/staff are extremely helpful and kind. They made our stay very enjoyable.
Compared to the other accommodations on Tuktuk, Merlyn's Guesthouse has great value! We payed 70.000 IDR a night. The food here is also very nice! They offer 2 types of accommodations, one is a traditional Batak house, the other a normal room (also very nice!).

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

this would have been it. The Batak houses are cute and quaint, but definitely not for the tall. I'm 5'2" and I still had to stoop! The walls are plywood and people have tagged them with clever phrases like "Lady Killers" and pictures of magic mushrooms. It's really fun to stay in a whole house complete with a loft and a porch! Merlyn is right on the lake, which means you can go swimming any time of the day. It's located conveniently 20 minutes from Bagus Bay, Roy's Pub, and a couple of really good eateries (Maruba Cafe is the BOMB). The owners, Ivan and Cathi (spelling?) are wonderful. They are always quick to help and have good suggestions about what to do in the area. The food isn't great, so I'd recommend eating elsewhere; also, there's no mosquito net, which meant that every night I had a hard time falling asleep due to the mosquitoes buzzing in my ears and biting me. This being said, I'd stay there again (maybe bring my own net). At 60,000 Rp. a night for the batak house, it's a great value - especially considering they have hot water!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Slovenia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013 via mobile

Me and my boyfriend were travelling in Indonesia and this guesthouse was for us really something special...beautiful place on the lake, simple and nice batak house, clean garden, excellent food and especially the best owners who provided us all information and everything we need. They made barbecue on garden for us and also our friends. They made our holiday on Lake Toba really special, so Kati and Ivan thank you for everything, in your guesthouse we felt like home!
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Monika and Miha

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Jalan Gerga | Samosir Island, Tuktuk, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Sumatra > North Sumatra > Tuktuk
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Tuktuk
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4

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